CWT 2012 export assistance tops 2.5 billion lbs. ME

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 25 requests for export assistance from Bongards, Dairy Farmers of America, Darigold, Foremost Farms, Michigan Milk Producers Association, United Dairymen of Arizona and Upstate Niagara Cooperative/O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative to sell 2.784 million lbs. of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and 4.381 million lbs.  of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered November 2012 through May 2013.

So far in 2012, CWT assisted member cooperatives in making export sales of 111.1 million lbs. of  cheese, 71.1 million lbs. of butter, 127,868 lbs. of anhydrous milk fat and 85,980 lbs. of whole milk powder. The product will be delivered to 36 countries on four continents. On a butterfat basis, the milk equivalent (ME) of these exports is 2.579 billion lbs., or the same as 69% of the increase in U.S. milk production through September 2012.